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SASBO strike on Friday expected to bring banking to a halt, SARS warns taxpayers

Sep 23, 2019
SASBO strike on Friday expected to bring banking to a halt, SARS warns taxpayers

Port Elizabeth - The South African Revenue Service (SARS) on Monday warned taxpayers to be prepared ahead of a strike in the banking sector that is expected to bring banking to a standstill on Friday.

"The banking sector has indicated the possibility of a strike on Friday," said the nation’s tax collecting authority.

"The anticipated protest action may impact transactions related to tax payments and tax refunds.

"The South African Revenue Service would like to ensure that the impact of the strike on these transactions are minimised for both the taxpayer and SARS."

SARS said that to this end, taxpayers are encouraged to submit their payments two business days in advance and similarly, conduct any tax transactions that may result in a payment to SARS, two business days in advance.

"Taxpayers requiring further assistance may contact the contact centre on 0800 00 7277."

SASBO strike going ahead

The South African Society of Bank Officials (SASBO) says it is going ahead with its banking strike this coming Friday.

SASBO, the biggest financial union in the country, has promised it will ensure that ATMs, onine banking and other banking operations are not functional.

Over 4 000 of its mmembers are expected to ake part in the strike.

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